rui grazina: house in cambeses
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jun 06, 2012
rui grazina: house in cambeses


‘house in cambeses’ by rui grazina, barcelos, portugal
image © nelson garrido

porto-based practice rue grazina have sent us images of their completed project ‘house in cambeses’ located in barcelos, portugal.
concrete retaining walls carve passages into the physical landscape,
leading into a two-storey residence that is embedded within the earth.
situated on a 3300-square meter protected green site, the dwelling sits on a total area of 300-square meters and has
a gross building area
of 290-square meters. the footprint of the structure is based on the existing sloping terrain and the new proposed access
roads for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

due to the steep topography, the house has been split into two stories. one on the eastern side which consists of living spaces,
and one on the west where the majority of the structure is inset within the ground. to achieve this design feature, load bearing concrete frames
carve into the landscape. the detail allowed for the development of an underground parking lot which slides into residence.


panorama view
image © nelson garrido

the entryway is framed with two retaining walls to create a transition between the exterior environment and the first floor.
a light steel frame system sits on top of the structure with an external insulation finishing technique. 
the interior is built with the use of a dry-lining network and is divided
into a social zone on the ground level and private quarters on the
upper level where solid wood is used for flooring and the custom furniture.


image © nelson garrido


path to entrance
image © nelson garrido


stairway and parking
image © nelson garrido


concrete details
image © nelson garrido


side view
image © nelson garrido


narrow passageways
image © nelson garrido


interior
image © nelson garrido


image © nelson garrido


image © nelson garrido


image © nelson garrido


floor plan / level 0
image © rui grazina


floor plan / level 1
image © rui grazina

axonometric
image © rui grazina


axonometric
image © rui grazina

project info:

project by: rui grazina
year: 2008/2011
place: cambeses, barcelos, portugal
area: 300 sqm total area; 290 sqm gross building area; 3300 sqm total plot area
photo credits: nelson garrido
construction: engiaço construções técnicas, braga

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